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President Barack Obama greets veterans after he addressed the national convention of the American Legion, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011, in Minneapolis.

Top Talker: President Obama says his jobs plan could create up to a million jobs

08/31/11 09:32AM

White House officials have yet to release a specific date or location for the jobs address next week but during a radio interview with Tom Joyner yesterday, President Obama predicted his plan would yield strong results. The President said, "There is no doubt that we can take steps that would mean the economy was growing a percent or a percentage and a half faster. read more

Must Read Op-Eds for August 31, 2011

08/31/11 08:41AM

RICK PERRY IS NO LIBERTARIAN  BY DANA MILBANKWASHINGTON POSTIf Perry’s style resembles anybody’s in George W. Bush’s White House, in fact, it is that of former vice president Dick Cheney, whose just-published memoir, “In My Time,” might as well have been titled “Right Every Time (Even Though I Was Surrounded by Idiots).” Think of Perry as Bush without the charm. ... Yes, Perry is passionately anti-government, or at least anti-this-government. But ... e'll merely note that you can't minimize or avoid them if you pretend they don't exist until they formally enter the Federal Register. read more

Morning Headlines: Wednesday, August 31st

08/31/11 05:58AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Tripoli divided as rebels jostle over powerGaddafi loyalists refuse to surrender3 days after Irene, floodwaters in NJ destroy homes, close roadsMore than 400,000 in CT. still don't have powerThe latest on what's happening in VermontKey parts of Texas abortion law struck downIs Romney panicking over Perry yet?U.S. funds wasted in Iraq, AfghanistanShots fired at congressman's Houston, officePetraeus officially retires to take CIA job read more

Zeke Emanuel on yoga, Rahm, and ballet...

Zeke Emanuel on yoga, Rahm, and ballet classes

08/30/11 08:00PM

Brother of Ari and Rahm, Dr. Zeke Emanuel, talks with Morning Joe's Louis Burgdorf about his doing yoga before breakfast, sharing a bedroom with his brothers as a child, taking ballet classes as a boy, and what books he's reading. watch

What could be considered 'smart' Medicare...

What could be considered 'smart' Medicare cuts?

08/30/11 08:00PM

The University of Pennsylvania's Zeke Emanuel joins Morning Joe to discuss health care reform. In a recent NYT column, Emanuel wrote about "smart cuts" to Medicare, including eliminating spending on medical tests, treatments and procedures that don't... watch

Must Read Op-Eds for August 30, 2011

08/30/11 04:12PM

KRUEGER V. OBAMA  EDITORIALWALL STREET JOURNALMr. Krueger agrees with Mr. Obama on most issues, notably the need for higher taxes (he favors a European-style VAT), cap-and-tax to reduce global warming and a high minimum wage. We're also told he was an architect of cash for clunkers, the $3 billion subsidy that moved car sales from one month to another. read more

Seven minutes with Cory Booker

08/30/11 02:39PM

Newark Mayor Cory Booker talks briefly with Morning Joe's Louis Burgdorf before Joe and Mika take over for him in the green room. When he gets his camera back, Louis asks Mayor Booker about his sleep schedule, why he uses Twitter as much as he does, why he’s too busy to have a normal schedule, and some of his favorite books. read more